Being shy, clumsy and friendly is a large part of Luigi's charm.
In spite of his villainy, Bowser Jr.'s a chubby little cutie and he's aware of this, often wearing a bib-like bandana with fangs drawn on to make himself look more fierce to minion and enemy alike.
Alternative Character Interpretation: It's a series that doesn't usually develop a detailed story or detailed characters, so it's probably because of this that there is a lot of room for interpretation:
Mario himself: Mario is a ruthless One-Man Army killing anything in his path, not caring if his foes WANT to hurt him or not, captures countless lands, and basically waged a war against a rivaling kingdom with many casualties on their side, just to rescue a princess.
Some argue that Mario is genuinely good, but a Heroic Comedic Sociopath. He genuinely wants to save Peach, but he has too much fun basically slaughtering the equivalent to entire armies.
A lot of fan parodies tend to treat Mario like a complete numbskull (sometimes combined with the aforementioned Heroic Comedic Sociopath take), with some going so far as to theorize this is due to one too many mushrooms consumed.
Mario could also just be allowing Bowser to take Peach just so that it gives him an excuse to be able to go on an adventure and mostly excitement and thrill of the chase, otherwise he'd have nothing else to do in his spare time when he's not go-karting, planning parties or playing sports. So for some people, whenever Peach gets kidnapped, it is something that Mario finds fun because it gives him the opportunity to go on yet another adventure, which also probably explains why he's always so cheerful and always letting out "whoops" of joy. It's for the thrill the chase gives him.
Or maybe Mario pays Bowser to kidnap Peach regularly just so they could have a good ole friendly yet competitive duel with one another.
Peach and Bowser have the 'kidnapping' thing going on to make money, since only Mario and Luigi can get coins out of those blocks. The paradigm of the kidnapping is itself a food for thought (with ideas ranging from Bowser's feelings being mutual, to Peach having a submissive fantasy and enjoying being kidnapped); the following websites and video channels have dug deep into this:
Cracked had a lot of fun with the interpretation that Bowser is actually in love with Peach but bad at expressing it; Peach has conflicting feelings and notably never denies being the mother of Bowser Jr. when Bowser Jr. claims she is. Bowser is also a Well-Intentioned Extremist, who captures the Yoshis because they're an ecological menace (they eat anything), until he finds time to find a permanent solution to the crisis, as he captures them rather than killing them. He may also be the only person capable of ruling the land, as he has time to build, maintain and run seven castles simultaneously, manages to conquer and subdivide the lands into more effective zones, and find time to kidnap Peach. He essentially keeps trying to perform a Benevolent Alien Invasion but it keeps getting screwed up by Mario...by the way, where was he while Bowser was doing this anyway?
A How It Should Have Ended video portrays Bowser as attempting to make peace treaties with Princess Peach due to Mario always killing his people.
Daisy seems to come in second to Peach all the time, but that might be because she's a far more competent ruler than Peach is. Sarasaland has only faced a serious invasion once (compared to the Mushroom Kingdom, where it happens with disturbing frequency) and in games where she's playable, Daisy is often the toughest of the girls. Mario Party 3 lends weight to this theory, as its Story Mode shows Daisy sending Bowser flying with one slap, and her justification being simply "What? He was in my way!"
Waluigi. He was initially added to the cast because Wario needed a doubles partner for Mario Tennis, but he creates plenty of discussion, both serious and not so serious. His mere presence has some weird implications regarding Mario, Luigi and Wario: Mario is the original, Luigi is a reflection of Mario (somewhat similar, but different in certain ways), Wario is also a reflection (Wario is Mario's Evil Counterpart). Waluigi is a reflection of a reflection.
Bowser. Idiotic overly macho king, or Obfuscating Stupidity on a political mastermind? I.e., his kingdom is all lava and igneous rocks. Peach's isn't. And the best way to gain political power in a monarchy is to marry into it. Cracked speculated that he was actually the most successful video game villain of all time given how many times Mario has died over the years, his family situation, being invited to play sports and parties like nothing ever happened, and the sheer amount of power and resources he possesses.
Some fans think that Bowser purposely lets Mario win because Bowser really isn't evil at all. He just kidnaps Peach for fun and just wants to have a friendly-fierce rivalry with Mario before letting him take the advantage because he enjoys it, and maybe he just doesn't know a more proper way to ask Mario and co. to have fun with him. And then there's the fact that he allows Mario to throw him in lava because he doesn't really want any harm done to Mario or his friends, he just wants to lure them into his castle so he can play with them in a friendly rivalry. Bowser just likes kidnapping princesses and make Mario (and Luigi) go after him because it's all a game to him.
Rosalina is officially depicted as a mysterious woman with some kind of power over the very cosmos. Much like other characters, her exact role isn't given too much detail (apart from an unlockable backstory in Super Mario Galaxy that first introduced her, and even that seems to be disregarded sometimes). That hasn't stopped fans from frequently interpreting her to be some sort of goddess (or if you go by the Judeo-Christian line of thought, The Virgin Mary).
Another one is whether Bowser Jr. is a mechanical genius that builds his own machines or simply a spoiled rich kid who gets his father to buy them for him. Nothing in the main series suggests one possibility is any more likely than the other, and the spin-offs give conflicting opinions: in Fortune Street, its implied that Junior at the very least designs some of his own mechs, while in Super Smash Bros. its implied that the Junior Clown Car, at least, was indeed a gift from his father. Its also unclear whether he does any repairs on his machines himself New Super Mario Bros. Wii seems to hint that he is indeed capable of doing his own patch-work repairs, while Mario & Luigi: Dream Team hints that he has a group of Monty Moles responsible for repairing the Junior Clown Car, only for Bowser Jr.'s Journey to imply that he's also capable of modifying his machines himself note as he manages to turn Iggy's faceless Clown Car into a Junior Clown Car. A bit of ambiguity is dropped in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle where the Mecha Jr. boss is described as "Jr's. Fave B-Day Gift!" through Boss Subtitles, but it's possible Jr. makes most himself and got the Mecha as a special present.
Toadette is not one of the few female presenting Toad, she is just more feminine than others and stands out amongst her androgynous peers.
Toadette is a playable character in New Super Mario Bros U. Deluxe where she can get a power-up known as the Super Crown, which lets her transform into a Princess Peach-like form known as "Peachette". The mere existence of this character has baffled the Mario fandom.
One of the most complex interpretations is one centered around romance. Essentially, some feel that Peach and Bowser are actually a couple, but have to keep it on the down low for the sake of their kingdoms, and the kidnappings are staged so they can get some private time together. As for Mario's rescues, he, as well as Luigi, possibly, is in the loop about it, and goes on these adventures as a way to keep up The Masquerade, essentially playing as both party's wingman to make both of them happy, and to keep the ruse up without the Mushroom Kingdom destabilizing due to panic. Presumably, Bowser's forces are in on it as well, and they, and Mario, work together to delay Mario's rescue for as long as possible, justifying the enemy placements and boss battles.
The series suffers from this due to its cartoony, family-friendly nature — especially when compared to other video game series that are popular, but have higher content ratings suited to more adult audiences, as well as its own "edgier" and more "realistic" sibling The Legend of Zelda. The creators in fact actively defy this trope, as the games are for all ages much like Pixar movies. According to the late Satoru Iwata, the perception of Mario as a "childish" franchise was a problem that Nintendo wasn't too pleased about, and they actively worked on having the franchise appeal to all age groups; similarly, Miyamoto has repeatedly stressed how the series' creators tend to fall victim to this trope and design the all-ages Mario games as if they were specifically for children just because they're played by kids. For example, Koji Kondofamously rejected music composed for Super Mario Galaxy that was unintentionally designed to appeal to children and was written based on the presumption of Mario being a Kid-Appeal Character. Kondo refuted that "Mario is cool" and that he never thought of him as cute, and that Mario's games are "cool adventure games" at their heart.
If a Mario game gets mixed or lukewarm reception, fans tend to accuse it of pandering to young children at the expense of older fans; whether or not these claims are true, such criticisms usually arise from overly easy gameplay, a strong Tastes Like Diabetes aspect, or general shallowness. This sentiment was very prominent during the 3DS/Wii U era, with frequent accusations of the series being "dumbed down" to appeal to the most casual fans (a group that child Mario fans are frequently lumped into). The New Super Mario Bros. subseries tries to balance the needs of different players, with the Super Guide feature for children and less experienced players, and more challenging secret levels for veterans.
Americans Hate Tingle: In post-Soviet states, minus Baltics, Mario games are much less popular than Sonic series, and not as much as other Japanese franchises and platforming games (due to friendly relations with Crash Bandicoot, Mega Man and Sony platformers' fandoms during 2010s). This is because, before 2010, Nintendo didn't have an official precense here, and NES was represented as Famiclones with the gray elefant as its mascot; Mario games were placed in infamous multi-game cartridges and children prefered Action games from Capcom, Konami, Tecmo and other third-party companies. SNES and Game Boy failed tremendously, despite loud marketing campaigns. In following years, PC dominated gaming industry and thus post-Soviet children of 90s and 2000s preferred Darker and Edgier games and Disney-based games due to their availability on PC.
Archive Panic: This is a series that has been going strong since the early to mid 1980's, has spawned numerous main series games, and so many spinoffs and cameo appearances that it reaches triple digit territory. And that's not even counting the substantial amount of tie-in material, such as many comic book appearances, several OVA, a long-running manga, a live action movie, and three DiC cartoon series. To say the least, trying to even collect all of the series, much less sit through all of it, is an exercise in futility.
Author's Saving Throw: The Nintendo Switch era seems intent on fixing the problems that plagued the 3DS and Wii U era. All accusations of a lack of creativity were banished with Super Mario Odyssey, the RPGs got a bone thrown at them with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle having tight, well thought out and new gameplay plus a focus on humour the RPGs are known for while Mario Tennis Aces avoided the problems Ultra Smash faced with new assets, gameplay and a story mode.
Awesome Ego: Bowser is boastful and arrogant despite his repeated defeats from Mario. His fans however, agree he lives up to that, and when he doesn't fight Mario, he usually does.
Which Mario games are better: the 2D platformers or the 3D platformers? Is Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World the best 2D Mario? Do the New Super Mario Bros. games honor the original games' legacy or are they awful cash-in games that are barely any different from each other? There are also other issues such as if you prefer the American or Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 and both camps have their reasons why.
NOA's old storyline about the Mario series such as how Mario & Luigi are plumbers from Brooklyn who went to the Mushroom Kingdom via a Magic Pipe and that the Koopalings are Bowser's children. Plenty of these aspects were either toned down or retconned in which certain older fans have complained about this while younger fans either accepted it as Canon and/or mention that a lot of the things we heard about were just mistranslations and/or never brought up within the games themselves. But then again the series' storyline has been a somewhat divisive issue with fans in general.
The topic how Rosalina should sound is a hot-topic amongst fans. She originally had an echo to her voice but starting with the Wii U/3DS games that was removed. Many enjoy the echo because it differentiates her from other characters and makes her seem less mortal, however others either don't care or dislike it, There's also differing opinions about what pitch her voice should be, anything from low and deadpan to high like Peach's.
Whether the games should have full voice acting (as in Super Mario Sunshine) or not depends on the fan and is often debated.
Fans debate about whether the Mario franchise has "lost its magic" after a certain point, with the games becoming more derivative and with less heart and personality put into them. A frequent claim is that this happened after Super Mario Galaxy: its direct sequel is agreed to be more formulaic with more of an Excuse Plot, the "samey" New Super Mario Bros. sequels began to set in, and the other 3D platformers and spinoffs became more derivative as well (most notoriously Paper Mario: Sticker Star). However, the franchise is still going strong, and some fans argue that it's still capable of putting out original, memorable titles such as Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker. With the release and widespread praise of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and especially Super Mario Odyssey, these arguments were put to rest and most fans attest that Mario can always be great when it needs to be.
The premiere of Captain Toad has prompted a lot of argument about how he relates to the original Toad and the leader of the Toad Brigade (the original form of Captain Toad from Super Mario Galaxy, who was at the time identified by the Prima guides and a Nintendo-licensed trading card game as the Toad). This has further prompted argument about whether there IS a primary Toad, or if every instance of a playable or unique Toad is in fact just a randomly selected member of the race who happens to be one of Peach's Mushroom Retainers (of which there are as many as 46, according to the scrupulous count in The Lost Levels).
The idea of the characters as actors, based on comments made by Miyamoto likening the cast to old cartoon characters, or a troupe of actors, able to fit multiple roles. Some people love the idea and treat it as if it's the truth, while others dislike the idea and claim that it devalues Mario's adventures. When the theory was confirmed to be true for Super Mario Bros. 3 (but only for that game so far, by way of the game being a stage play), fans cried out "I Knew It!" and "childhood ruined" in roughly equal numbers.
Mario and Luigi's canon age of 24-26. Some people appreciate this and see the Bros. as an Audience Surrogate for college-aged fans, while others dislike it due to its implausibility and the fact that Mario and Luigi are based on a stereotype (Italian-American plumbers) that skews middle-aged. Some people point to Reality Is Unrealistic, as there are many men in their twenties in Real Life who have similar builds and facial hair to the Bros.
Can't Un-Hear It: Despite the competition some of them face from some older fans of the cartoons, all of the voices get this, but Mario's voice by Charles Martinet especially qualifies, considering most parodies of the series base their Mario voices on his own.
In general, due to the open-ended nature of the franchise and fanon heavy nature of the fandom, any Word of God statement is likely gonna be met with this from a good portion of the fandom, especially if it goes against the general fanon consensus.
To much of the fandom, the Word of God confirming that the Koopalings are not related to Bowser was received poorly. So much so that Nintendo would later backtrack on it slightly in favor of having their relationship to Bowser be ambiguous.
The Word of God announcing that Toads are not mushroom-people like the Goombas but merely midgets wearing mushroom caps also raised some hackles. There was also an announcement that Toad and Toadette are not considered to be related, but this merely fueled an already Broken Base between the faction of the fandom that interpreted them as brother and sister and those who thought they were in a relationship. Later, it would be confirmed that the mushroom caps actually were part of a Toad's head and not merely a hat. Much like the Toad/Toadette debate, this fueled arguments over whether this should be accepted as canon or not.
Mario fans like debating what is a "true 3D Mario game" and what isn't. In 2017, Nintendo ended the discussion by releasing a chart a few months prior to Odyssey being released. Nintendo sees 64, Sunshine, and Odyssey as "hardcore" open-world 3D platformers while Galaxy, Galaxy 2, 3D Land, and 3D World are more linear, casual aimed endeavors. Despite many fans thinking that 3D World didn't count amongst the leagues of 64 and Sunshine, few thought that the two Galaxy games didn't count. This upset fans and many just ignored Nintendo's claims; many of them considered it a False Dichotomy, as while the Galaxy games are more linear and tightly focused, their sense of innovation and ambition is more similar to 64 and Sunshine.
Mario and Luigi canonically being in their mid-twenties is largely ignored by fans, as many prefer to intrepret the two as being in their early to mid-thirties instead.
Delusion Conclusion: The games are often theorised (probably jokingly) to be Mario's hallucinations, with common arguments being common misconceptions that he smashes bricks with his head when jumping and eats mushrooms to grow in size.
Demonic Spiders: The series has two main ones: Hammer Bros., and Lakitu. Hammer Bros. lob a barrage of hammers at you, which is jarring since you mostly jump over most hazards. Lakitu mostly float out of your reach and they throw the already hard-to-kill Spinies at you.
Designated Monkey: Luigi getting mistreated (such as by the Star Gate in Partners In Time or even Peach of all people in Super Princess Peach) tends to inspire the fanbase to sympathize with him.
Die for Our Ship: While more civil shipping-wise than other fandoms, even this fandom is occasionally subject to it:
Mario himself has been bashed and demonized in fanfiction for the sake of pairing Peach with Bowser or Luigi. Peach/Bowser fans in particular like to write off him as a Jerkass who doesn't like Peach, only the thrill of the chase that comes with saving her from Bowser. The opposite happens with Mario/Peach fans, and while more justified in that case, it still ignores his Jerk with a Heart of Gold side.
In the anime film The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach!, Prince Haru from the Flower Kingdom comes under fire from this due to him being Peach's fiancé. In other words, messing up the MarioxPeach ending. Thankfully for them, Haru is a Canon Foreigner who will never show up in the games.
Rosalina is a huge Base-Breaking Character already, never mind shipping. Many Mario/Peach fans and Luigi/Daisy fans are very wary of her because she has no love interest, the assumed Ship Tease between her and the Bros., and the fact that that Mario/Rosalina and Luigi/Rosalina are fairly popular.
Pauline quite possibly gets the worst of this of all. She gets bashed horribly by Peach/Mario fans. She's his ex-girlfriend and they're just friends now but shippers act like she's constantly trying to seduce Mario. There's also a great deal of Slut-Shaming due to Pauline's attire and makeup in comparison to Peach's Princess Classic style.
It's not unknown for fans of Captain Syrup and Wario together to be hostile towards Mona of WarioWare for having a Precocious Crush on the man.
In general, any ship that is not Mario/Peach or Luigi/Daisy is not well received by the shippers.
Bowser is one of the most beloved and classic video game villains of all time. He's also one of the few Mario characters who has a fleshed-out personality, and is praised by many fans for looking and acting like an outright badass in a world filled with characters that are generally cheery, silly and cartoonish. Even though he suffers Villain Decay intermittently, he is able to make up for it by reversing it in games like Super Mario Galaxy.
While many fans will seriously debate that Peach and Rosalina are related, stating Peach is Rosalina's mother is not something that most serious fans enjoy people throwing around. Even worse is thinking Luigi is Rosalina's father.
Luigi and Mario are twins. However, many don't realize this due to either not playing the Yoshi's Island game or because they falsely believe that all twins are identical. Assuming they have a large age difference amongst fans will get you laughed at.
Saying that Mario is a sociopath, or even implying such, is guaranteed to not end well for you. You might get away with it if you are just joking, but it is generally not advised.
Just mentioning the Koopalings are not Bowser's children can invoke outrageous reactions. You'll either get people who hate the concept, or you'll meet people who cry Death of the Author and still insist they're related.
Don't you ever say that Luigi is a "recolored version" of Mario. Luigi has already been different to Mario, with his unique physical appearance, personality, and attributes. On that note, whatever you do, don't call Luigi "Green Mario".
Similar to Luigi, the idea of Daisy being a "recolored version" of Peach is incorrect. Bring that up or, God forbid, call her "Yellow Peach", and you'll receive a "side-by-side" comparison image pointing out their physical differences, and also a history lesson regarding Daisy's origins.
Fans of Rosalina don't mind if you compare her to Elsa, but don't call her an Elsa rip-off. Rosalina predates Elsa by a good six years. Doing it the other way around isn't advised either...
Fans also take great pains to remind you that just because Rosalina wears a dress and a crown like Peach and Daisy, it does not mean that she is a princess (she was in early promotional material, but the canon has officially dropped it). Super Mario Galaxy and many other subsequent games imply that she is more of a Physical Goddess than anything.
Most Daisy fans don't mind if you quote her most prominent line in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, "Hi, I'm Daisy!", but don't claim around them that Daisy says it in all of the games she appears in as if it was her catchphrase or else they'll give you a lecture on how Double Dash is the only game where Daisy says the line in.
Baby Bowser and Bowser Jr. are not the same character. The former is Bowser as a child and the latter is Bowser's son. Calling one by the name of the other is guaranteed Flame Bait.
"Koopa Kid" only refers to the character from the first seven entries in the Mario Party series (at least for Americans; for Europeans and Australians, the character is known as "Mini Bowser"), and have no connection to Bowser Jr., the Koopalings or Baby Bowser whatsoever (for added confusion, in the first three Mario Party games, Koopa Kid was named "Baby Bowser").
For people who live in Spanish-speaking countries, "Bros" is a diminutive of "brothers" and not Mario's last name. The title is usually read as "Super Mario Brothers". Saying otherwise will get you laughed at for your poor English. Also, please, don't pronounce or spell "bros" as "bross".
Fandom Rivalry: Most famously with the Sonic franchise during the 90's Console Wars, it dissipated once Sega stopped making consoles. Now, since the two franchises have crossed over on many occasions since then, they have become Friendly Fandoms at most now.
Fan-Preferred Cut Content: Concept art shown in The Art of Super Mario Odyssey book features a very different concept of what would become New Donk City called Marihatten, which was much more stylized and would have featured more cartoony humans in the style of Mario, Peach and Pauline compared to New Donk City's more realistic setting. Unsurprisingly, those who are against the idea of New Donk City tend to prefer Marihatten's more Mario-esque approach instead, with some wanting to see the idea revisited in a future game.
Fleeting Demographic Rule: Defied. Most major Mario releases are aimed towards all demographics, including kids and families, casual adult players who remember the series from childhood, and longtime fans. Each game is designed with simple core gameplay for new players, and more complex bonus levels and extras for seasoned gamers. While children are easily attracted to Mario, the franchise has to overcome the Animation Age Ghetto with each game and therefore tries to appeal to adults in new and unique ways. Some, however, accuse the New Super Mario Bros. sequels and other games in the 3DS/Wii U era of playing this trope straight, with the NSMB games and their derivatives being aimed at two fleeting demographics in particular (children and the most casual adult fans) while ignoring longtime, consistent fans of the series.
How do the many enemies that walk in a straight line and never change direction until they bump into something (such as the Koopas described under "Fridge Horror" below) get between the two objects they're walking back and forth between in the first place if they can't walk or jump over them? Does Bowser really go to all the trouble of finding countless pairs of immovable objects and putting minions between them before kidnapping Peach? How do the authorities not start to notice this pattern and take precautions to protect Peach whenever Bowser starts dropping minions between immovable objects?
The possibility that the Super Mushroom would technically kill Mario if not for its beneficial result. Some brightly colored mushrooms can be poisonous.
What happens to the coins you have that you collected when the brick blocks turn into coins when you hit the P Switch? If it turns all coins into bricks and all bricks into coins, what happens to the coins you carry?
The idea of Mario & Luigi being born and raised in the Mushroom Kingdom instead of Brooklyn, New York has also had some folks complaining. Namely why do Mario and Luigi have their Italian accents if they were from the Mushroom Kingdom instead of New York? One could easily see Mario and Luigi's accent as The Artifact, despite how it makes their current origin story somewhat confusing, the idea of Mario and Luigi having Italian accents is just too iconic for Nintendo to remove.
With Pokémon, as the two family-friendly series are Nintendo's biggest franchises, hold similar nostalgic value for many fans, and have similarly iconic, cartoonish mascots as their flagship characters. It's not uncommon to hear wishes for a crossover between the two outside of Super Smash Bros..
The Mario fandom and the Sonic the Hedgehog fandom has ironically become one for the same reasons as Pokemon. Two Gateway Series starring very recognizable and cartoony mascots hailing from colorful universes. Unlike Pokemon however, the two franchises have had actual crossover. A whole spinoff franchise no less. The difference being that there hasn't been a proper Platform Game crossover yet, which many people really look forward to. In the mean time, they just enjoy the Olympic Games, the numerous crossover Fanworks and Mods, and Sonic being a beloved guest star in Super Smash Bros.
The Mario series also have a friendly relationship with The Legend of Zelda fandom since they're both Nintendo flagship franchises and highly revered by both hardcore fans and casual gamers. They may some times butt heads over who have the 'better games' or who would win in a fight (Mario vs. Link, Peach vs. Zelda, Bowser vs. Ganon), but it's usually in good fun. When both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey proved to be very equally acclaimed Killer Apps for the Switch, there was much shared rejoicing, even if BOTW took home most of the awards while Odyssey became the best-selling game on the system.
In general, fans of most Nintendo franchises are bound to be Mario fans to some extent. Almost all Nintendo fans have played a Mario game as one of their first Nintendo games, the series is endearing and well-designed enough to continue appealing to fans beyond that level, and many fans of other Nintendo franchises are introduced to them via Super Smash Bros. (for which the Mario characters are a major draw) or a more in-depth exploration of the company.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The 3D Mario titles are more well-loved in the West than in Japan. In the West, many of them are considered among the greatest games of all time, with Super Mario 64 considered a hallmark of gaming and three 3D Mario titles (Galaxy, Odyssey and Galaxy 2) in the top 5 highest-rated games on GameRankings. In Japan, the 2D Mario titles are generally preferred due to their nostalgia value, with the 3D titles suffering from the Animation Age Ghetto — something that the series' creators weren't too pleased about — in addition to lower sales.
The "small fiery Mario" glitch. If you hit Bowser and the axe at the same time at the end of an x-4 level, you'll start the next level as a large Mario who dies in one hit. Take a mushroom and you become small; take a Fire Flower and you become small and fiery.
If you're small and you hit Bowser and the axe at the same time, Mario dies but the level still registers as a win, leaving Toad saying his "Thank You Mario/Luigi!" line to a blank screen.
Correct pipes in the World 8-4 Pipe Maze will have the Pirahna Plants inhabiting them suddenly disappear as you approach them. This significantly reduces the potential aggravation of guessing the correct pipe.
If you jump on the axe just as the timer reaches zero in any castle level, you'll get a huge bonus of 50,000 points. This is because of a bug in which the timer rolls over to 999 and keeps counting down from there. However, this does not work in the NES version, since it doesn't give you a time bonus for castles. This can only be done in the "Vs." (arcade) and Super Mario All-Stars versions.note plus most, if not all versions of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Hard-to-Adapt Work: One of the staff writer on The Super Mario Bros Super Show!explained that the show's production team found it hard to derive material from the shallow plots and thin characters of the games (which was especially the case in 1989, when the series' presence in the United States amounted to just the firsttwo games— Super Mario Bros. 3 wouldn't be out in the States for another year), which is why most of the episodes are structured around stock movie and historical parodies. Indeed, Nintendo of America themselves had cold feet about the idea of adapting the games into an animated series, and the games being difficult to adapt may have been a factor in that opinion.
Harsher in Hindsight: Two in Mario Super Sluggers, both relating to the "close play" feature. At third base and home plate, if a fielder receives the ball just as a baserunner approaches, the runner can attack the fielder thereby jarring the ball loose. Since the game was released, Major League Baseball instituted two rule changes, both unpopular with fans. In the 2014 season, MLB brought in the Posey rule which prevents catchers from blocking the plate unless they have the ball. Two seasons later, a rule was added prohibiting takeout slides unless the baserunner makes contact with the bag.
The initial reveal of the 3DS ended on Bowser emerging from the system to blow fire in Reggie's face. As with the previous example, it's a perfect metaphor for Reggie's retirement, and the fact that his replacement is a man named Doug Bowser.
Given that the series is one of the most successful video game franchises on the planet, some people are put off by the series and its main cast (particularly Mario himself) being a Spotlight-Stealing Squad among Nintendo's franchises,note one notorious example of this was when almost all non-Marioamiibo were difficult to find while the main Mario cast was extremely common. Some older fans view later games, particularly the New Super Mario Bros. games and Mario Kart Wii, as suffering this.
Mario's name is not "Super Mario". "Super Mario" is just the name for the form he has after he uses a Super Mushroom in most 2D games.
Many people in Spanish-speaking countries, especially those with no basic knowledge of English, seem to think that "Bros" is Mario's last name, much to the annoyance of fans. The offenders also pronounce it as "Mario Bross".
Toad and Toadette are very close, but Nintendo can't seem to decide what their particular relationship is. The Mario Kart Wii manual identified them as siblings, but Nintendo later confirmed they were not considered as such. This is one possible interpretation when trying to reconcile Flip-Flop of God and Fanon Discontinuity.
Due to them being Platonic Life-Partners, or perhaps simply because of a lack of "shippable" male characters, Mario and Luigi have a decent sized shipping.
It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: Anyone who complains about the series' Excuse Plot nature, with fans explaining how you're not supposed to care about plot in the series. However, some fans will bring up how the Mario RPG games often had storylines a bit more than "Mario saves the Princess from Bowser in Mushroom Kingdom". Others side with Shigeru Miyamoto and his Word of God on how the series is always more about gameplay than anything. That said, if depth of plot doesn't matter to Mario fans, originality does, and games that break or play with the series' convention of "Bowser kidnaps Peach and takes her to his castle, and Mario rescues her in the end" are generally preferred.
It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Starting near the end of the Turn of the Millennium and heading into The New '10s, many complaints were raised about the Mario series' various games starting to feel homogenized. Super Mario Galaxy 2 became the first direct sequel to a 3D Mario game, and New Super Mario Bros. went from two games to five, with much of its design choices spreading to other games: Paper Mario infamously dropped almost all of its original creations in Sticker Star, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam's locations were mostly based on typical NSMB worlds and saving the princesses was the crux of the plot when every other game in the series usually had it as a minor arc in the story, and even the spinoffs like Mario Tennis (both Open and Ultra Smash) and Mario Golf: World Tour received complaints about how little they tried to branch out. Though later games like Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Tennis Aces alleviated some of these complaints, it was common during this time for people to complain about how "samey" the franchise had become, and talk positively about how older games like Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Strikers were more willing to take risks and try new things, even if they didn't pan out.
Zigzagged with Princess Daisy over time. Daisy got this treatment more and more over time as newer and more popular characters such as Rosalina appeared, causing Daisy to get lost in the rush. Rosalina has appeared in Super Smash Bros. and playable in a main game before Daisy, who is eighteen years older than her. Since Luigi and Daisy are usually paired up, at least they can be losers together. Daisy's newfound status as The Un-Favourite loser has actually made her a lot more sympathetic and likeable as a character instead of being a widely despised scrappy among fans. It got worse now when a trampoline was picked as a playable costume for Mario over her in Super Mario Maker, and it wouldn't be until later on that Daisy was added as a costume. Since then, her playable appearance in Super Mario Run helped slightly lessen her status, and then she became a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Waluigi is infamous for being seldom used outside spin-off games despite being one of the series' most popular characters and having a devoted fanbase that wants Waluigi to get the spotlight he deserves. His absence in Mario Kart 7 doesn't help matters.
My Real Daddy: While nobody will deny that Shigeru Miyamoto was very influential to the series' development, Nintendo of America shaped up the setting of the Mario series of how its known today. Such as the setting of the games such as Mario & Luigi being plumbers from Brooklyn who got to the Mushroom Kingdom via a Warp Pipe in Super Mario Bros.. to character names such as Mario, Pauline, Luigi, the Koopalings and more in fact the idea of the Koopalings being Bowser's children was NOA's idea. However due to certain actions from Shigeru such as him saying that the Koopalings are no longer Bowser's kids and what happened to Paper Mario: Sticker Star have caused plenty of backlash.
"Hi, I'm Daisy!" is one of Daisy's quotes in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, which she says whenever you switch drivers or when she wins a race in first place, causing it to potentially become a bit repetitive. In spite of Double Dash being the only game she says the line in, pretty much everything regarding Daisy online will bring up the "Hi, I'm Daisy" quote as if it was her Catchphrase or the only thing she ever says. It doesn't help that while a lot of Mario fans don't play the spinoff games all that much, they do play Mario Kart games, and for many Double Dash was their first impression of Daisy.
Peach getting kidnapped constantly is this in and out of the games. Outside of the games this has convinced some people that Peach is nothing but a Damsel Scrappy who does nothing but get kidnapped. While game developers do rely too much on her classic Damsel in Distress role, Peach has also Taken Several Levels in Badass throughout the series.
There's also her rejecting both Mario and Bowser marriage proposals, leaving them in tears and seemingly hijacking the Odyssey at the end of Super Mario Odyssey. In reality Peach only rejected their marriage proposals because they literally consisted of them shoving flowers into her face. She doesn't steal the Odyssey either, as she can clearly be heard calling out "Let's go home!" to Mario and Bowser.
One True Pairing: Mario and Peach, obviously. Albeit supporters of other couples are far from scarce or undevoted, this one is the gold standard by which all video game relationships are measured. Theyve been together since the franchises inception and the games never stop dealing out Ship Teases between them like candy.
Overshadowed by Controversy: Not the games themselves, but the English localisation of Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, a book that covers the franchise from Super Mario Bros. on the NES to Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U and officially licensed by Nintendo, has become very difficult to recommend buying to fans after it was discovered that one translator on the localisation team plagiarised from the Super Mario Wiki and Mario Fandom when it came to the more obscure character names across the franchise instead of doing research and contacting Nintendo. Both Dark Horse Comics and Nintendo were roundly criticised for proof-reading negligence, and Nintendo's notorious litigation against Fan Games also made them look like Hypocrites. The controversy only applies to the book's English localisation; Super Mario Wiki's Twitter page confirmed that the German and French localisation teams were not guilty of plagiarism; the Spanish localisation wasn't subject to any sort of scandal either.
Periphery Demographic: While the franchise was considered primarily for children at one point, it fittingly also has one of Nintendo's biggest fanbases among teenagers and adults, and started being marketed towards all ages long before Pokémon did — Mario was even being marketed to casual non-gamer adults during the Wii era, and the franchise is frequently used for Geek Reference Pools. There's a reason why it's the most famous and popular game series of all time.
Pop Culture Holiday: March 10th is Mario Day, since the date can be spelled as "MAR10." Originally, Mario Day celebrated anybody named Mario, but it quickly became associated with the Mario. Nintendo has celebrated March 10th as Mario Day since 2016.
Bowsette came about as a result of fans speculating what the Big Bad Bowser would look like under the effects of the Super Crown from New Super Mario Bros. U, which in canon turns Toadette, and only her, into a human resembling Princess Peach, granting her the ability to double jump and glide. The trend started in 2018 when an artist on Twitter put out this fancomic based on the ending of Super Mario Odyssey. Ever since, fans of the idea have been pumping out artwork and even cosplays of their own take on the Peachified koopa king with varying degrees of human and koopa traits as well as her hair color varying from blonde (to better resemble Peach) to red (to stay truer to Bowser). Bowsette inspired countless fan works, including Bowsette Saga, and multiple Not-Safe-For-Work works. She became incredibly popular, to the point Nintendo had to offer a "no comment" about it, but made clear the character could never happen.
Claudia Koopa is Bowser's ex-wife and Bowser Jr's (and sometimes the Koopalings) mother. She originates from false rumors that a British issue of Nintendo Power once mentioned her. In reality, the magazine wasn't even released in the UK.
Bowser Jr. While he is also hated for his lackluster design (he is an Expy of Bowser's baby self), he is mostly hated for replacing the Koopalings in Super Mario Sunshine. To a lesser extent, he gets this reaction for replacing the Koopa Kids of the spinoffs as well. When Word of God has stated that the Koopalings are no longer considered Bowser's children and only Bowser Jr. is his true child, the hate toward him intensified.
The Koopalings are a bizzare example as they didn't begin as this. When New Super Mario Bros. Wii first came out, the Koopalings' appearances were praised for bringing a set of characters who haven't appeared in a mainline game since Super Mario World back to the series. Then by the time New Super Mario Bros. U came out, people resented them for appearing in every New Super Mario Bros. game since New Super Mario Bros. Wii and replacing the unique bosses of the first game, turning them into this trope. It goes to show that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. In an unusual twist of fate, Bowser Jr. was passed over for Mario Kart 8, just as the Koopalings make their first ever playable appearance in the very same game. Instead of rejoicing, fans deemed the Koopalings the Replacement Scrappies for this reason; even within the fans who still hate Bowser Jr., there are some who criticize the overexposure of the Koopalings for taking away other Mario Kart characters (since they occupy seven slots), as well as for having already appeared too much in the New Super Mario Bros. games. The inclusion of Bowser Jr. as a playable character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (among King Boo and Dry Bones), has made some people leave their hatred for the Koopalings behind though.
Luigi's ended up playing the villain (usually after deciding he's tired of playing second banana to Mario) in a number of fanworks, Super Mario World ROM hacks in particular.
Or alternatively Mario, whether it's out of him being tired of the status quo or straight up villainization, receives this a lot.
Happens to Bowser and Bowser Jr. as well. This is especially apparent in Koopaling-centric fanfiction that turn the former into an abusive father who neglects/punishes the Koopalings whilst playing favorites with Junior (though this isn't to say other stories don't "Death Eater" him, such as making him a rapist), while Junior himself is portrayed as a bullying, manipulative jerkass who's only heir instead of Ludwig because Bowser made him so.
Rooting for the Empire: Bowser is so damned likable and fun that many players find themselves wanting him to win out over the Mario Bros. for once. Look at the top of the page and see how much Fanon and interpretations are about Bowser being the good guy. This is even more prominent during his Jerkass Woobie moments. Bowser's Inside Story seems to be a shout-out for such players, since it puts Bowser in the limelight.
Mario is short and pudgy, with a big nose and a bushy mustache, but fanworks often feature a far more conventionally attractive Mario. At best he'll still be recognizably himself, big nose, mustache and all, but drawn in a way that downplays his goofiness, and makes his proportions more in line with the princesses. At worse, he'll be the most generic looking bishonen in existence that maybe has a bit of peach fuzz on his upper lip. Luigi, of course, gets hit with it as well.
Oddly enough, the inverse is just as often seen, and for every fanwork that portrays Mario as a pretty boy, there's one that portrays him as an obese, middle-aged Gonk, ostensibly in the pursuit of realism. Of course, a part of this likely stems from the common misconception that Mario's far older than he actually is.
Ship-to-Ship Combat: As expected from a popular series, there is a lot of this. Mario/Peach vs Bowser/Peach is by far the most common however Mario/Pauline vs Mario/Peach and Rosalina/Luigi vs Daisy/Luigi are also debated.
Mario hits his head on blocks and gets injured. This is actually "Common Knowledge" because Mario hits blocks with his fist, not his head.
Dr. Mario parodies where Mario is a shady back-alley doctor. The Dr Mario games imply that Mario is closer to a research chemist. Shallow parodies have him prescribing pills to patients, but all we see in the actual games are him performing experiments on the effects of vitamins on virus cultures.
Mario being portrayed as feeling frustrated about the Princess "being in another castle." In none of the Mario games is Toad's presence the bait-and-switch it's presented as; Mario travels to the correct destination but there's a ton of terrain and, yes, castles in his path that have to be overcome. Yet this is the stock joke.
Mario abuses Yoshi, whether it be by punching him in the head to make him eatnote A result of "Common Knowledge" mistaking Mario's pointing animation for a fist or by dropping him in a pit once he's outlived his usefulness.
While Luigi is occasionally a Butt-Monkey in some games, parodies tend to amp this Up to Eleven where he's completely hopeless and depressed while constantly living under Mario's shadow and being overlooked. There's also a common joke that Luigi secretly hates Mario and wants to usurp his fame. Either that or Luigi's genuinely the sweet brother he is in canon, but Mario's a Big Brother Bully that takes advantage of him.
Peach using her kidnappings as a Honey Trap to get complete strangers to fight wars with the Koopa Kingdom for her.
Super Couple: Again, Mario and Peach. Their relationship is practically synonymous with video game romance, to the point that even non-fans know about them.
Tastes Like Diabetes: Cartoony graphics, bright colors, cheerful and whimsical world and atmosphere and cute and happy characters (both good and bad) abound. The Mario franchise is chock to the brim with this in most of its games, but is one of the few examples that manage to pull this off effectively.
Although Waluigi and Daisy have mixed reception, there are a plenty of fans that feel they are interesting characters in their own right and feel that Nintendo should let them appear in future main games (Daisy debuted in Super Mario Land, but Waluigi only appeared in spinoffs). The fact that Rosalina was playable in Super Mario 3D World made many of these fans more vocal about this. Daisy's inclusion as a playable character in Super Mario Run helped lessen this for her a lot, while Waluigi only featured as a Costume Mario power-up in Super Mario Maker and an outfit based on him in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Mario Odyssey.
Pauline has also been considered to be a case of this over the years as unlike Mario and Donkey Kong she never got her own game series. Not only do certain fans wish she appeared more often in the game titles, but some even ship her with Mario (in which they often point out Nintendo never did confirm whether if Mario and Peach are an Official Couple or not). Her appearance in Super Mario Odyssey, not only to made her return to the Mario franchise, but earned a new role as a mayor rather than a damsel-in-distress.
Kamella, the Magikoopa boss from Super Mario Galaxy, seemed like a mainline substitute for Kammy Koopa from the Paper Mario series. After the entire Mario franchise was hit with mandatesnote which encouraged higher useage of mainline characters while going out of their way to ban non-first party modified members of mainline species from returning, which hit Paper Mario the hardest, Kamella seemed like a perfect character to take over for Kammy in the Paper Mario series in the interim. Instead, Kamek took the role, and was also written in an out-of-character way in his first two Paper Mario games that, though some fans liked, required him to not notice Bowser acting strange- roles that would have made much more sense for Kamella, who doesnt have as much known history with Bowser. While most mainliner friendly species and characters have also been hit with this strange non-inclusion from modern Paper Mario, Kamella is especially noticeable in that regard.
Ugly Cute: Goombas. Yeah, they want to kill Mario and look menacing with their angry eyes and fangs, but they're so helpless and weak that fans find them adorable and even sympathetic.
In-Universe, Luigi isn't as popular or as well received as Mario is, leading to a bit of a "second banana" complex. However, he's really popular among the fanbase.
Waluigi isn't really well-liked In-Universe either, but a sizeable portion of the fanbase genuinely likes him. Mostly through Memetic Mutation.
Vanilla Protagonist: Mario was designed to be an extremely accessible character who can fit any role. He himself has a pretty basic personality aside from his cheerfulness, but it's the colorful world he inhabits and the challenges he faces that provides the true meat of the series.
Mario being played by wrestler Lou Albano in Super Show became this when he wrestled in two episodes of the later two series.
Part of the lyrics of the Mario theme song is "swing your arms from side to side". Mario and Luigi would be doing exactly that many years later in Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix, including dancing to the original Super Mario Bros theme in the credits.
Moral Event Horizon: In contrast to his video game counterpart, some of King Koopa's schemes have drifted into pure evil. In "Koopa Claus", he threatens to kill Santa Claus; in "The Ugly Mermaid", he plans to destroy an underwater city; and he comes close to feeding cave people to dinosaurs in two episodes of Super Mario World.
Alternate Character Interpretation: The Reveal that Iggy and Spike have always been loyal to Daisy's father comes rather out of nowhere, as right up until the scene at the Boom-Boom Bar, they were shown to be loyal minions of Koopa. Did their increased intelligence make them realize they were doing the wrong thing and prompt a HeelFace Turn, and they just told Daisy they were supporters of her father to convince her to trust them in an urgent moment? Or were they really loyalists all along and they kept screwing up their attempts to kidnap Daisy on purpose, until they felt that they had to finally actually do it or else Koopa would have them killed?
Award Snub: Regardless of what people may think of its overall quality, they still think that the movie should've been at least nominated at the Academy Awards for its special effects and production design.
The scene where King Koopa orders a pizza. It comes out of nowhere, raises all sorts of questions (the teenaged clerk clearly recognizes him but treats him like any other customer, and the Koopa Special implies that Koopa knows him and orders from there a lot) and contributes absolutely nothing to the story.
Critical Backlash: It's nearly unanimous that the movie is an In Name Only adaptation of the games, but many viewers find it to be a fairly weird, trippy and entertaining little flick if taken as its own self-contained story divorced from the source material. Miyamoto, for his part, felt it failed because it was too close to the games.
Foe Yay: Lena's intense jealousy of Daisy but also admiring her dress, hair and eyes can translate into a twisted interest that's overridden by her loyalty to Koopa, while Koopa himself is interested in Daisy beyond merging the worlds together.
Ham and Cheese: Dennis Hopper's acting is okay in some scenes, but in others, he's clearly having fun overacting and taking his role not at all seriously.
Harsher in Hindsight: The World Trade Center of our dimension merging with the under-construction buildings from Koopa's city results in the rather unfortunate image of the Twin Towers disintegrating.
The idea of Mario going to a mock-up of Manhattan would be revisited in the games over 20 years later with the announcement of Super Mario Odyssey which features the location New Donk City. Realistic dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, are also featured in Super Mario Odyssey, including a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment in New Donk City.
Mario and the missing Brooklyn girls race down a frozen pipe to escape some Goombas, who give chase, with one eventually sliding on his belly. Three years later, Super Mario 64 would debut, and a star is earned in the winter-themed stage by sliding (on your belly) down a slide made of ice.
A planet being hit by a meteor and being split into two parallel universes, one of which wishes to take over the other? Nintendo would reuse this idea later though not in a Mario game.
One of the earths happens to be a dinosaur-dominated one? Are we sure that King Koopa is from Dinohattan and not from Dino Earth?
The film predicted that some version of Bowser is a President. Reggie Fils-Aime's successor as NoA's president is named Doug Bowser.
Dennis Hopper was randomly saying "Monke" before it became an even more widespread meme starting from the late 2010s.
In the car chase scene, the police use the Fire Flower-inspired flamethrowers against Mario and Luigi. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! later introduced fireballs as an item, and Mario Kart 7 made the Fire Flower itself an item you can use against other drivers.
Misblamed: Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel are regularly derided for all the liberties they took with the Super Mario franchise when making the movie, as well as blamed by the actors and other staff for the many troubles on-set, but it's important to remember that they were just doing what they were hired to do. Nintendo and Lightmotive had no interest in ensuring the film was faithful to the source material. In fact, they openly wanted to make a "gritty and adult" version of the games, and they hired Morton and Jankel in hopes that they would give the film the same mature and futuristic aesthetic as Max Headroom.
Moral Event Horizon: Lena trying to kill Daisy for her own agenda and following it up by stabbing Yoshi.
Never Live It Down: The film is this to the video game movie genre as a whole, as not only have many video game-based movies that followed become critical and commercial failures upon release, but commentators have always cited this movie whenever they refer to other video game movies on why they're such bad ideas — while there have been many, many video game-based films far worse than this one, this is the one based on possibly the biggest video game franchise of all time.
Signature Scene: The dancing Goombas scene, the Boom Boom Bar scene, and the scene where Mario's last name is revealed are all pretty iconic moments from the film.
So Bad, It's Good: Some people have come to see the film as strangely charming with some respect to the source material, and it has a cult classic following that sees it and its variations as genuinely good.
So Okay, It's Average: There are likewise some who don't find the movie all that bad and just an entertaining romp in general.
Special Effect Failure: Amongst all the revolutionary visuals and complicated animatronics for Yoshi and the Goombas, the devolved King Koopa puppet looks like an escapee from a bad episode of The Muppet Show.
Squick: The fungus, even in-universe. Mario in particular is constantly grossed out by it.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: As seen here, the Tyrannosaurus puppet had several different forms and an incredibly complex design, but almost none of that is seen in the finished movie because it only had 13 seconds of screen time and was filmed at awkward angles.
Took the Bad Film Seriously: God bless you Bob Hoskins, for trying to give a performance. He's playing Mario for all he's worth despite the terrible time he had on set.
Ugly Cute: Yoshi's more raptor-like appearance in the movie.
Uncertain Audience: The film was originally written as a "hard and gritty" sci-fi take on the Super Mario universe in an attempt to emulate Batman (1989) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, right before production began, the producers got cold feet and attempted to make family-friendly changes to the script that did not mesh well with the more serious setting, creating a tonally confused film that tries and fails to be mature while also trying to appeal to kids.
Vindicated by History: Besides its cult classic status, audiences in general have warmed up to the movie over time. At the time, there were no other motion pictures based on video games, and the general expectation was for a movie that matched the games closely. Looking back, it still kept the basic plot of a Mario game, and some of the changes look more pragmatic following the release of other movies that stumbled trying to match their source material too closely. With the internet, it's easier to spot the Mythology Gags that give it more of a Mario identity. Its established infamy and So Bad, It's Good factor are also helpful, bringing about the opposite of the Hype Backlash the movie suffered when it was originally screened. And even if you consider it beyond redemption as an adaptation of Super Mario Bros., it's not that bad as a sci-fi comedy action romp when judged entirely on its own merits.
Visual Effects of Awesome: This film had to literally invent new technology to make much of its visual effects look as realistic as they do:
Daisy appearing in the sand.
Yoshi. For an animatronic puppet, it looks like it just stepped out of a time portal to the Jurassic Era. Yoshi was so advanced that the makers of Jurassic Park studied him to get their starting point.
British actor Bob Hoskins as the Italian-American Mario and Latin American actor John Leguizamo as Luigi, despite the immediately-noticeable difference in age and ethnicity. To the film's credit they try to address the first one by making the age gap part of their relationship, but it's still quite the confusing choice.
Franchise Original Sin: The announcement that Chris Pratt will not do an Italian accent with Mario didn't help with the division his casting caused. It should be noted however that it is Charles Martinet's portrayal that cemented this trait, as nearly every representation of Mario where he was given a voice prior to Martinet had him lacking his iconic accent (most notably Captain Lou Albano's portrayal of the plumber).
Memes of Seth Rogen's voice clips over Donkey Kong were plentious following the casting revelation.
Chris Pratt voices everyone/everything.Explanation About six weeks after it was announced that Chris Pratt was voicing Mario in this film, he was announced to also be voicing Garfield in a future movie. This abrupt surge in him voicing characters led to jokes that Chris Pratt will eventually voice every single character to ever exist, resulting in edits about Chris Pratt voicing characters like Shadow the Hedgehog, Jolyne Cujoh, Link, or even Heavy.
Even before much about the film is revealed, the mere fact that Illumination Entertainment is the studio animating the film has already made many weary on the film, since the studio has garnered a poor reputation for prioritizing profit over quality films, with their work being So Okay, It's Average at best.
The reveal that Aaron Hovarth and Michael Jelenic, the developers/showrunners of the infamous Teen Titans Go!, would be helming the movie, also caused fans to be turned off.
While replacing the beloved Charles Martinet as the voice of Mario was always going to disappoint fans, people took issue with the announcement that Mario would be voiced by Chris Pratt. The other casting choices also had strongly divisive reactions, though nowhere near as bad as Chris Pratt.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The reveal that longtime voice actor Charles Martinet is getting replaced by Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as the voice actors of Mario and Luigi respectively has quickly received massive backlash from fans, although most reactions are still supportive of Day's casting otherwise. Charles Martinet being onboard to make a cameo appearance in the film didn't help at all.
Out of all the Mario characters to appear in the film, practically nobody expected one of them to be Foreman Spike, whose last appearance was in the Japanese only game, Mobile Golf from 2001. In fact, he was the first character confirmed to appear in the film rather than Mario himself.
Donkey Kong is a major part of the Mario franchise, mostly in the spin-off games, but due to the latter being a spin-off of the former's arcade game, people were very shocked to see DK confirmed to appear in the film. The reveal that Cranky Kong would be appearing also took many by surprise, since while he is a major character in the Donkey Kong franchise, he hasn't appeared in a single Mario game and has only been on the same screen as the plumber via his cameos in Super Smash Bros..